Semico projects five-fold netbook growth
News & Analysis 6/29/2009 Post a comment
As many as 59 million netbooks will ship in 2013, nearly 22 percent of the mobile PC market and up almost five-fold from 2008, according to a new report by Semico Research that profiles the major chip contenders in the sector.
XMOS fosters its first fabless client companies
News & Analysis 6/24/2009 Post a comment
James Foster, CEO of XMOS, has said the first partner company, enabled by the XMOS event-driven processor, is selling chips under its own brand and package labeling. Other XMOS client companies are moving to market rapidly, Foster said.
XMOS moves processors to 65-nm, drops price
Product News 6/24/2009 Post a comment
Event-driven processor startup XMOS Semiconductor Ltd. (Bristol, England) has launched a second family of products by migrating designs to 65-nm process technology from Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. As a result the company is taking the price for 10,000 units below $5.
More processor talk
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/23/2009 Post a comment
The question of which processor to use for an embedded project is still a very relevant one.
VinChip offers India-developed 32-bit RISC processor
Product News 6/22/2009 Post a comment
VinChip Systems Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) has announced the availability of the VinRZ5110 32-bit RISC processor core, which it claims is the first 32-but processor to be developed in India. It has a DSP-centric instruction set and low gate count for low power consumption, the company said.
Parallel software plays catch-up with multicore
News & Analysis 6/22/2009 1 comment
Microprocessors are marching into a multicore future to keep delivering performance gains without frying in their own heat. But mainstream software has yet to find its path to using the new parallelism.
UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS
Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment
Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Keynote: Help is on the way for multicore software
News & Analysis 6/18/2009 2 comments
Help is on the way for programmers trying to wrestle greater performance from multicore processors, but the big leaps forward in parallel programming are still in the labs, according to a keynoter at the Multicore Virtual Conference.
Moore's Law repealed! But does it matter?
Design How-To 6/18/2009 8 comments
Looking at the real cost, performance and time-to-market requirements designers face, the repeal of Moore's Law, which appears to be in progress, may not even matter anymore, according to Gene Frantz, Principal Fellow at Texas Instruments and creator of "Gene's Law", a power-related corollary of Moore's.
CPUs gear up for--and some avoid--Hot Chips
Product News 6/17/2009 Post a comment
The preliminary program for the annual Hot Chips conference says a lot about the state of the microprocessor industry both for what's on it, and for what's not in the latest server, mobile and graphics processors and the increasingly parallel software to drive them.
Programming the IBM Cell Baseband Engine
Design How-To 6/17/2009 Post a comment
The IBM Cell Broadband Engine (Cell BE) promises high performance at low power using multiple powerful cores connected with a high-speed interconnect. While effective, this architecture raises parallel programming issues that this two-part feature will address.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment
Design How-To 6/17/2009 3 comments
The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
ISuppli: Gear costs to derail Moore's Law in 2014
News & Analysis 6/16/2009 5 comments
Moore's Law, which has held as the benchmark for IC scaling for more than 40 years, will cease to drive semiconductor manufacturing after 2014, when the high cost of chip manufacturing equipment will catch up with the industry and make it economically unfeasible to do volume production of devices with feature sizes smaller than 18 nanometers, according to market research firm iSuppli.
Sun starts porting OpenSolaris to ARM chips
News & Analysis 6/11/2009 Post a comment
Sun Microsystems has started porting its OpenSolaris operating system on to ARM processor cores, targeting mobile, handheld and embedded applications, on the heels of being made available on Sparc processors targeting mainframes.
Embedded processor wars
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog 6/9/2009 Post a comment
While Intel and ARM battle for supremacy in the consumer areas of netbooks and smart phones, ARM is taking on formidable opponents in other application areas.
Apple iPhone 3GS leapfrogs Palm Pre
News & Analysis 6/8/2009 Post a comment
Apple Inc. leapfrogged the Palm Pre with the announcement of its iPhone 3GS and undercut the Pre by dropping existing iPhone prices to $99, but Palm undercut Apple slightly in the cost of hardware in handsets with 8 Gbytes flash.
A first look inside the Palm Pre
Teardown 6/7/2009 Post a comment
A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
Digital signal processing on Intel Architecture: Medical ultrasound imaging
Design How-To 6/3/2009 Post a comment
Thanks to major advances in transistor technology, optimized multi-core processor microarchitectures and the addition of extensions for vector processing, general-purpose Intel processors may now have the GFLOPS/watt and GFLOPS/size ratios needed for embedded DSP. This excerpt shows how to implement and benchmark performance of medical ultrasound processing algorithms using a variety of current Intel processors.
Fanless design for embedded applications
Design How-To 6/3/2009 1 comment
This article emphasizes analytical hand calculation for first-order approximations
and provides computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation techniques to
determine processor architecture feasibility in fanless systems.